National Stroke Awareness Month
The goal of National Stroke Awareness Month, observed in May, is to make Americans aware that they may be able to 'Save A Life' of a person experiencing a stroke.
According to the National Stroke Association, a person experiencing a stroke can be treated if people have acted FAST - 80% of strokes can also be prevented.
FAST being an acronym for things to check in a suspected stroke victim:
F - Face / Does the face droop on one side when the person smiles?
A - Arm / After raising both arms, does one of the arms drift downwards?
S - Speech /After repeating a simple phrase, does the persons speech sound slurred or strange?
T - Time / If any or all of the above are observed call for 9-1-1 (if in US or 999 in UK) and ask for medical assistance.
National Stroke Awareness Month Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
To learn more, visit http://www.cdc.gov